Designing your Home Office the Right Way!

Qivi

Qivi by Steelcase

Designing a home office the right way can make you more productive…

A home office plays a wide variety of roles in different households, for some it is their business hub as they work 9-to-5 for others it is simply a place where they pay bills or sort out their mail. In most families a home office can also be the place where kids sort out their homework or simply a place to play. There are a few essential things that a home office cannot do with out – such as a desk and a good chair. While designing you can also add a library to place your books and files in order, a nice sitting room or a place to nap. From one person to another preferences change, and here we are willing to share some tips with you to make your life easier.

When designing a home office, we always suggest that storage should always be a top priority. Shelves, drawers and cabinets will do the trick to accommodate and sort out your papers, books and supplies. Once the storage space is sorted out, think of a durable desk with enough surface space and deep drawers. Do take time to decorate your workspace with plenty of photographs and other interesting ornaments as the home office should reflect your own personality.

Gesture

Gesture by Steelcase

What’s the best layout to go for when designing your home office?

Your home office should serve mainly two things your creativity and your workflow. Ideally, you dedicate a whole room for your home office. But, reality has it otherwise. As more than ever, many houses suffer from lack of space and most of the time this means that your home office has to be paired with a guestroom, living room or kitchen. The options are endless and we suggest that you determine what works best for you and your family. Regardless of where you put your storage and equipment, the computer monitors should be positioned away from glare and you should have strategic lighting around the room so that there is enough light while working.

Ergonomics should be given adequate attention. If you are going to spend a lot of time at your desk, you should think about choosing the right chair for you. The chair must have a comfortable cushion and good lumbar support, as well as the ability to swivel and roll this will make it easier for you to reach out for things around the room. Besides, we also suggest that the arm rests should be adjustable in order to help you stay relaxed and with your elbows bent at 90 degrees. We also suggest that if you are planning on having clients at your home office, it is important to have enough space for different seating options to render productive meetings.

What about storage? How can I add this to my design?

A good filing cabinet is key to organize all the documents and mail that you receive throughout the year. There are several filing systems that you can add to your home office such as cabinets, pedestals, shelving and racking or if your have sensitive documents you may prefer to have a lockable storage. Labels and colour coding will definitely make it easier to find your documents. We also suggest that drawers have tray organizers in order to keep your pens, pencils, highlighters, tape and calculator all in order.

Executive Office Furniture

Jera by Las Mobili

How can I choose the right desk?

When designing your home office make sure that first and foremost you consider the desk overall functionality. Secondly, keep in mind that a sturdy desk will help you maintain all your work and documents in one place, it must look professional and if your are considering to hold meetings this should be double-sided. If this is going to be your working desk and you would like to make sure that your workspace is off limits, we suggest that you have another separate desk that the rest of the family is able to use or else a two person desk that your kids can also use as a homework spot. A secretary desk might also do the trick if you are only thinking of using it for odds and ends only.

How can I decorate my home office?

The home office has to be a place of inspiration. Functional and reflective of the things that motivate you. Most of the time home offices tend to be formal spaces, but you can always give them that twist. Paint your home office in your favourite colour or add patterns or stripes for wall variations to make your space more appealing. Various decorations such as lamps and vases are go-to pieces that will give life to your office. The following are some decorations that you can add to your office: family photographs, travel souvenirs, pencil cups, paper trays, magazine holders, whiteboards and much more…